November 22, 2002

Tibet is Very Attractive: US Ambassador to China

"Tibet is very attractive and different from all the other parts in the world," said US Ambassador to China Clark T. Randt on his first visit to Tibet Monday (April 8). He is referring to Tibetan's long history, unique religious custom and rich cultural heritage.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Xu Mingyang, vice-chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional People's Government.

Xu briefed Randt on economic development in Tibet and the blueprint for its economic construction during the 10th Five-Year Plan (2001 - 2005) of the localities.

"On the precondition of a better environment protection, the local economy has seen remarkable expansion over past decades," he said.

The local government is now paving asphalt roads to all counties, making electricity and radio available in all townships and villages, according to vice-chairman. As a matter of fact, improved infrastructure has already push up the per capita income for the rural population by a large margin with the wrap-up of the previous five-year plan (1995 - 2000).

Xu said that Tibet was rich in water and rare plants, pointing out that the mineral water in Tibet was rich in minerals and helpful to health.

Randt certainly echoed his words. He had drunk the mineral water and said it tastes "good".

Apart from tourism, the exploitation of natural resources, such as water, agricultural products and mineral resources all are promising sectors, said the official.

Tibet will cultivate the agricultural market through construction of small towns and offer preferential policies to boost marketing and promotion of agricultural produce so as to increase local farmers' income, according to the official.

(People's Daily April 10, 2002)

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